Protecting Yourself from Mail Fraud
The bad news is that older adults are more vulnerable than other age groups to scams through the mail; including identity theft, bogus e-mails solicitations for money and mailbox vandalism. An estimated one of every five people over age 65 have been victimized by a financial swindle, according to the Investor Protection Trust, a nonprofit organization geared to investor education. Foreign lotteries
and sweepstakes are among the most popular money schemes used by scammers. As the U.S. population ages, these crimes are expected to increase.
The good news is that mail and Internet fraud is one of the few crimes in which you have a choice as to whether or not you’ll be a victim. By educating yourself, you can avoid becoming involved in schemes that can rob you of time, money and happiness.
Jeanne M. Graupmann, U.S. postal inspector of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Washington Division, has more than 17 years of law enforcement experience. She currently handles mail fraud cases throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. In this session, she will explain recent trends and current scams through the mail and Internet, as well as how to report them. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is a federal law enforcement agency that is a counterpart to the FBI.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 11:30 AM - 12:29 PM
Sibley Hospital, Renaissance Building, Room 2
5255 Loughboro Road, NW